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Founder & Executive Director


David is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the current debates around tech ethics, digital citizenship, and what it means to be human in the digital age. With a background as an attorney and educator, David has been at the forefront of issues around digital wellness, privacy, and emerging tech trends since 2012. He is an international speaker (Harvard Business School, Princeton University, TNW [Netherlands], FutureHealth Summit [Ireland], FutureNow [Slovakia], TechChill [Latvia], 3-time TEDx), whose commentary has been featured on CBS This Morning, BBC World News, AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, SiriusXM, The Guardian, New York Daily News, USA Today, Fast Company, New York Post, and many more.

Outside of running All Tech Is Human, speaking, and writing, David currently serves as a board member for the non-profit #ICANHELP, along with being an advisor for Hack Mental Health and the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program. In addition, he the co-host of Funny as Tech, a NYC-based weekly podcast and regular live show that tackles the thorniest issues in tech--inside a comedy theater. He recently launched a tech ethics hub for college students and a digital citizenship class for adults. You can find his personal website at TechEthicist.com

David is based out of the Manhattan space for All Tech Is Human (ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Ave) and can be reached at dpolgar / gmail



Anne Collier

Journalist and youth advocate Anne Collier has been chronicling the public discussion about youth and digital media since 1997. She is founder and executive director of national nonprofit organization The Net Safety Collaborative (TNSC), whose main project is a social media helpline for schools. Piloted during the 2015-’16 school year, in 2016 the helpline was recognized by the National School Boards Association as one of 6 startups in its Education Technology Innovation Showcase. That same year, Anne gave her TEDx talk, “The Heart of Digital Citizenship,” in Geneva, Switzerland, at the ITU’s World Summit on Information Technology. She has served on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board since 2009, and on the Trust & Safety boards of Twitter, Snapchat, Toronto-based Kik and Paris-based Yubo since they were formed.


Sherine Kazim

Sherine is a design leader creating industry-changing products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies, agencies, startups, and foundations. Throughout her 20-year career, she has led global Experience Design teams within the physical and digital realms, transforming hardware, software, retail and connected environments for clients such as LG, Twitter, Verizon, and EA.

Her human-centric approach to design has garnered industry awards and attention from numerous organizations including AIGA, The FWA, FastCo and Awwwards.


Ariba Jahan

As the Director of Innovation for the Ad Council, Ariba is charged with exploring future-forward methods and platforms for the organization through technology partnerships, creative development, and internal education and rituals. Discovering her partial hearing loss at age eight after emigrating to the US, Ariba has developed a keen sense for attention and empathy that echoes throughout her work.

With over 10 years of experience in user-focused product design and leading workshops for entrepreneurs in global cities, Ariba leverages her life experiences, startup mindset and scientific approach to create organizational change, empower an innovative culture and to design products.


Renee Farris

Renee is a a contributor to the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and previously led social impact programs and partnerships at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the U.S. In her role as a corporate social responsibility manager, she oversaw strategic social good initiatives for tech companies including Cisco, Slack, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and her work revolved around the intersection of tech for good, STEM education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her projects included managing operations for Cisco’s education platform and an initiative to empower women in tech in partnership with Melinda Gates’ executive office. Additionally, Renee served under the Obama Administration working in trust and safety.


Andrew Sears

Andrew is an entrepreneur with a passion for emerging technologies and the future we're building with them. Throughout his career, he's helped AI and blockchain startups bring innovative products to market, fought political corruption as the director of an advocacy organization, and designed media campaigns that landed clients on 60 Minutes, CNBC,Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

Andrew is currently an MBA student at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where he helps run monthly design thinking workshops and has organized conferences with speakers from Google, IBM, Microsoft, and other leading tech companies. In his spare time, he loves playing electric guitar, exploring hole-in-the-wall restaurants with his wife, and discussing science fiction.


Allie Brandenburger

Allie is Co-founder & CEO of TheBridge, a startup company building understanding and collaboration between tech, policy, politics. Allie has worked with some of the most innovative tech companies including SpaceX, Uber and Google, and with coalitions of tech companies advocating for emerging tech issues. Allie helped stand up the Retail & Hospitality ISAC in 2014, the first for the industry, and served as an advisor to the ISAC. She has a dynamic background in national and statewide campaigns - having worked on multiple Presidential races, Governors race and issue campaigns. Allie previously served as Communications Director for a US Congressman on Capitol Hill. She is a senior public affairs professional with experience in issue advocacy including inclusion, autonomous vehicles, workforce, cyber security, data privacy, e-commerce, privacy, emerging tech issues.


Matt Soeth

Matt is the Co-Founder and Executive Director for #ICANHELP where he works to grow the vision and resources of the nonprofit. Matt provides professional development to staff and students across the United States. In addition, he manages partnerships with other nonprofits, professional organizations, and technology companies providing advice and insight into student behavior on social media, gaming and schools.


Anoush Rima

Anoush is a strategic communications advisor and consultant, with a specialization on digital technology and global affairs. She has held multiple roles including Senior Communications Officer to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation; Strategic Engagement Advisor on Digital & Innovation for the World Food Programme, the UN’a largest humanitarian aid organization; Director of UN Relations for the GSMA, a global association of the mobile technology industry; and Strategic Communications Officer for UN Global Pulse, the UN’s first data science lab, where she helped spearhead the “data philanthropy” movement.

Anoush Rima holds a B.A. from the College of William & Mary and Master’s in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. She was the first Editor-in-Chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine, launched in 2009.


Lauri Goldkind

Dr. Goldkind is an associate professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. She is also the editor of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. Dr. Goldkind’s current research has two strands: technology implementation in the human services and nonprofits and the social justice and ethical implications of data collection, use and dissemination incommunity-based organizations.

Wherever possible she combines both ICT and social justice for a blend of tech enhanced civic engagement and improved organizational functioning. Dr. Goldkind is also a past visiting research fellow at the UN University on Computing in Society, Macau, SAR, China.


Lisa Kanouse,
Executive Producer

An accomplished executive with over 20 years in tech, fashion, entertainment and hospitality events. Her work includes Counter Talk Live and Future Bites with Chef Gabriele Corcos, The 10th Annual Latke Festival with Liz Neumark, New York Food & Wine Festival, The Art of Cooking Annual Gala, Rule Breakers with Janelle Monet, The Future of Storytelling, Ft. Greene Festival with Mos Def, Harlem Eat Up with Chef Marcus Samuelsson and many others. She is experienced in business operations, strategy and structure implementation for startup brands and others ranging just under $100M in annual revenue.